SBD/July 16, 2014/Marketing and Sponsorship

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Atlanta-based marketing firm CSE notes the Twitter account for @Brazuca, the adidas-made official ball of the World Cup, has 3 million-plus followers, which more than doubles @adidasfootball's total. The content was identical and the posts were similar, both using David Beckham and changing the Brazuca's colors to green and white for the World Cup Final. There were subtle differences in the messages but @adidasfootball had 65% better engagement. Even though the two accounts worked together, it was interesting to see an account with half the followers more than double the engagement. Regardless, @brazuca used clever content time and again to engage followers leading into the Final (CSE).

PIZZA, PIZZA: Houston Pizza Venture, which is owned by Papa John's, yesterday announced a partnership with Texans DE J.J. Watt for this season. Starting this August and going through the Super Bowl, 10% of sales every Tuesday at all Papa John's locations in the greater Houston area will be donated to the J.J. Watt Foundation (PSP).

GOLDEN YEARS: ESPN.com's Paul Lukas noted images from an adidas retail catalog circulating on the Internet yesterday revealed all NBA teams that have won a championship will "wear a small gold tab on their back jersey collars" starting with the '14-15 season. The gold championship tab would be the "first league-wide championship badge ever used by one of the 'Big Four' North American professional sports leagues" (ESPN.com, 7/15).
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